Epix taps comedy vet

Taran named VP of live events programming

Epix has expanded its exec team with the appointment of Just For Laughs comedy fest alum Maureen Taran as veep of live events programming.

Taran is tasked with expanding the pay cabler’s roster of music and comedy specials, as well as other live event productions, reporting to Laverne McKinnon exec veep of original programming and development. Taran comes to Epix after most recently serving as supervising producer of the Showtime comedy series “The Green Room with Paul Provenza.”

Taran previously worked as veep of programming for the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy fest, and worked as a talent consultant for Warner Bros. She also spent 15 years as a talent manager, working with such comics as Dane Cook, Tracy Morgan, Wanda Sykes, Jim Gaffigan and Dave Chappelle.

Epix, a joint venture of Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM, bowed in October.

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